Sep 172019

HEYWOOD chairman John Rhodes has issued a rallying call for the future following the Club slipping into the third tier of the Greater Manchester League.

Two seasons ago, Heywood were among the elite in the Premier League. Now they face up to life in the newly-created Championship. Another new set-up, the Premier Division 2, will be sandwiched in between.

But Rhodes wants the players and members to look forward – not backwards.

He said: “I, like all the many people who support Heywood through thick and thin, find this situation hard to take. But we have no divine right to be in one of the top two divisions and we must now look to the future.

“Heywood Cricket Club has been proud to establish to our leading reputation in Lancashire cricket, and we still hold that status off the field.

“That was evidenced by us staging the Lancashire Cricket Foundation Cup final at Crimble a week last Sunday, and we still regularly accommodate the county for age group matches against other county junior sides.

“Now we have got to get our house in order on the field, and I want the players to show the same passion and enthusiasm as the supporters to bring some success back to the Club.

“I don’t expect our fortunes to turn completely around overnight, although I will be happy if they do! But every player pulling in the same direction on the field and at training can bring about an improvement.

“Meanwhile, members of the Club can rest assured that the Committee will be working hard as usual to provide the platform for those players to get us back where we believe we belong.

“That also goes for our tremendous ground crew, who consistently have the ground looking in pristine order.

“It’s onwards and upwards from now on!”

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